Monster Worldwide Announces Comprehensive Steps to Protect All of Its Job Seekers from Online Fraud

    NEW YORK, August 29 /CNW/ - Monster Worldwide (NASDAQ:   MNST) announced
today that it is proactively notifying all job seekers with an active resume
on Monster sites about preventative measures they can take to protect
themselves from online fraud. Additionally, the Company has announced it will
institute a comprehensive set of new systems and processes designed to enhance
existing security and minimize such threats in the future.

    As recently reported, Monster became aware of illegal activity that
involved the downloading of information such as names, addresses, phone
numbers, and email addresses for 1.3 million job seekers with resumes posted
on Monster does not generally collect social security numbers or
financial data about its job seekers, such as bank account information or
credit card accounts. Monster responded by conducting a comprehensive review
of internal processes and procedures, and notified these job seekers that
their contact records had been downloaded illegally. In addition, the Company
is working with law enforcement officials and the appropriate regulatory

    The Company has determined that this was not an isolated incident. As is
the case with many companies that maintain large databases of information,
Monster is from time to time subject to illegal attempts to extract
information from its database. Despite ongoing analysis, the scope of this
illegal activity is impossible to pinpoint. Monster believes illegally
downloaded contact information may be used to lure job seekers into opening a
"phishing" email that attempts to acquire sensitive financial information.
This has been the case in similar attacks on other Web sites.

    To enhance the security of the job seekers on its site, Monster is
proactively reaching out to all users who have resumes posted to inform them
about preventative measures they can take to protect themselves from online
fraud. While no company can completely prevent unauthorized access to data,
Monster believes that by reaching out to users, the company can help users
better defend themselves against those who have attacked Monster as well as
other databases.

    "Protecting the job seekers who use our Web site is a top priority at
Monster," said Sal Iannuzzi, Chairman and CEO of Monster Worldwide. "These
issues are increasingly prevalent throughout the Internet, which is why
Monster is enhancing its security and reaching out to everyone with an active
resume on our site. We believe these actions are the responsible steps to
protect our valued job seekers and customers."

    Monster also launched a series of initiatives it is taking to enhance
security controls for its Web site. These initiatives are part of the
infrastructure improvements that were announced by Monster before the recently
reported attack. The initiatives include:

    --  Implementing new robust capabilities for worldwide monitoring and
surveillance of site traffic

    --  Reviewing and tightening all site access policies and controls

    --  Launching a series of targeted initiatives to protect job seeker
contact information

    In addition, the Company has augmented its Web Site Security Task Force
by adding executive level staff, and going forward the task force will report
directly to the Chairman and CEO. The Company has also engaged several
industry security experts with proven track records of successfully working
with global Internet companies to protect their users.

    Finally, Monster is committed to maintaining an ongoing dialogue with its
job seekers and customers about Internet security and the steps it is taking
to protect its users. The Company has placed a security alert on the site that offers an abundance of information to educate users
about online fraud and the measures they can take to protect themselves. This
information can be found at

    About Monster Worldwide

    Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:   MNST), parent company of Monster(R), the
premier global online employment solution for more than a decade, strives to
bring people together to advance their lives. With a local presence in key
markets in North America, Europe, and Asia, Monster works for everyone by
connecting employers with quality job seekers at all levels and by providing
personalized career advice to consumers globally. Through online media sites
and services, Monster delivers vast, highly targeted audiences to advertisers.
Monster Worldwide is a member of the S&P 500 Index and the NASDAQ 100. To
learn more about Monster's industry-leading products and services, visit More information about Monster Worldwide is available at

    Special Note: Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities
Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Except for historical information contained
herein, the statements made in this release constitute forward-looking
statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and
Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking
statements involve certain risks and uncertainties, including statements
regarding Monster Worldwide, Inc.'s strategic direction, prospects and future
results. Certain factors, including factors outside of Monster Worldwide's
control, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in
the forward-looking statements, including economic and other conditions in the
markets in which Monster Worldwide operates, risks associated with
acquisitions, competition, seasonality and the other risks discussed in
Monster Worldwide's Form 10-K and other filings made with the Securities and
Exchange Commission.

For further information:

For further information: Monster Worldwide Investors: Robert Jones,
212-351-7032 or Media: Kathryn Burns,
212-351-7063 or Steve Sylven, 978-461-8503

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